Background Radiation

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  • Created on: 27-01-12 16:43

Background Radiation

Background radiation we recieve comes from:

  • Radioactivity of naturally occuring unstable isotopes - in the air, food, buildings, rocks
  • Radiation from space - cosmic rays, mostly from the sun
  • Radiation due to human activity - fallout from nuclear explosions , dumped nuclear waste (this is just a tiny proportion)

The level of background radiation changes depending on where you are.

At high altitudes (e.g. in a plane) you have more…

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